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Creating Critical Classrooms

K-8 Reading and Writing With an Edge

By Mitzi Lewison, Christine Leland, Jerome Harste

Foreword by Linda Christensen

Routledge – 2008 – 392 pages

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    978-0-8058-6231-7
    September 11th 2007

Description

This book for elementary and middle school teachers and literacy methods courses articulates a powerful theory of critical literacy instruction. Critical literacy practices encourage students to use language to question the everyday world, interrogate the relationship between language and power, analyze popular culture and media, understand how power relationships are socially constructed, and consider actions that can be taken to promote social justice. By providing both a model for critical literacy instruction and many examples of how critical practices can be enacted in daily school life in elementary and middle school classrooms, Creating Critical Classrooms meets a huge need for a practical, theoretically based text on this topic.

Reviews

Creating Critical Classrooms provides a curricular conscience to teachers. The collection of vignettes, thought pieces, and invitations pulls out a chair at the table as teachers and professors discuss classroom practice in light of critical theory…. This work…demonstrates exemplary literacy practices, but also demonstrates education that ‘liberates’ instead of ‘domesticates’ or ‘alienates.’…. [It] is culturally sensitive, critically astute—and absolutely essential for teachers and teacher educators today.”

Linda Christensen

Rethinking Schools, From the Foreword

Contents

Contents: L. Christensen, Foreword. Introduction. Overview: Why Do We Need a Theory of Critical Literacy? Personal & Cultural Resources: Using Life Experiences as an Entrée Into Critical Literacy. Cultural Resources: Using Popular Culture to Promote Critical Practice. Cultural Resources: Using Children’s Literature to Get Started With Critical Literacy. Critical Social Practices: Disrupting the Commonplace Through Critical Language Study. Critical Social Practices: Interrogating Multiple Viewpoints. Critical Social Practices: Focusing on the Sociopolitical. Critical Social Practices: Taking Social Action. Taking a Critical Stance: Outgrowing Ourselves. Invitations for Students. Classroom Resources: An Annotated List of Picture Books, Chapter Books, Videos, Songs, and Websites

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Author Bio

Mitzi Lewison, Christine Leland, Jerome Harste

Indiana University, USA

Name: Creating Critical Classrooms: K-8 Reading and Writing With an Edge (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Mitzi Lewison, Christine Leland, Jerome HarsteForeword by Linda Christensen. This book for elementary and middle school teachers and literacy methods courses articulates a powerful theory of critical literacy instruction. Critical literacy practices encourage students to use language to question the everyday world, interrogate...
Categories: Classroom Practice, Middle School Education, Primary/Elementary Education, English & Literacy/Language Arts